Liverpool could be forced into action as journalist provides update on Thiago

Liverpool could be forced to finally act on their apparent interest in Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara, with Manchester United said to be lurking.

Fredrik Filtvedt, a journalist from Norway, tweeted an update on the Mancs’ pursuit of Donny van de Beek, and signed it off with a link to Thiago.

United are said to be interested in the Spain international in addition to the Ajax star, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly wanting to revamp his midfield.

Now, we’re not going to pretend we know anything about Filtvedt or his credibility, but our friend Jan Aage Fjortoft seemingly knows a bit about him.

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Medical set: Star will have medical with Man United next week ahead of transfer worth €40m +

The transfer market is so warped that you can never truly tell what represents value anymore, but this actually looks like it could be a cracking bit of business for Man United.

Donny van de Beek has been the driving force in Ajax’s midfield for a couple of years now and he looks like he has the quality to improve the Man United midfield.

He’s at his best in a box-to-box role and it will be interesting to see if anyone has to leave as a result, but his move to Man United now appears to be inevitable after their offer was formally accepted and the medical has been arranged:

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Vidal: ‘I have a lot of affection for Juventus’

Former Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has added to the speculation that he may return to Turin, saying he’d be happy to get a call from Juve about a move.

The Chilean international had a successful spell with the Bianconeri, winning 4 titles in 4 seasons under Antonio Conte and then Max Allegri.

Speaking on Youtube (Transcribed on Latercera), the 33-year-old offered his thoughts on the current crisis at Barcelona and what his future might hold.

“Barcelona has to change a lot of things, he began, “A team, which I think is the best in the world, cannot have 13 professional players and the rest are minors. Not because (the youth) do not deserve to be there, but in this team they have to be competing for who is best and who will play.

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'Perfect signing'- Man United fans ecstatic about reports over imminent transfer

Manchester United fans quickly got swept away by the reports coming in of the serious interest in Ajax’s Donny van de Beek.

Supporters have been desperate for transfer news, particularly since they’ve been seeing their rivals spend left, right and centre.

Van de Beek was of interest to United a while ago again so it was no surprise to see his name pop up again.

What was surprising is how quickly the transfer news was moving and how it appeared as though it went from nothing to suddenly being imminent according to some.

Van de Beek would obviously be a good addition to the squad and the fans are certainly excited by his potential arrival.

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Liverpool fans all say the same thing after Brewster misses costly penalty

Young Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster was brought on against Arsenal in the Community Shield and missed his spot-kick in the penalty shootout.

It was a very bitter moment for the 20-year-old, who was hoping to impress Jurgen Klopp after a short-term loan at Championship side Swansea City.

It wasn’t meant to be for the Reds and Arsenal won the shootout 5-4, with Brewster being the only player to fail to convert his chance.

Loads of Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to express their support for the youngster, who will no doubt be beating himself up right now.

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There are simply bigger days ahead for the lad, with one penalty not able to define a player beyond the context in which it happened.

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Video: ‘We are close’ – Arteta admits that Arsenal are almost over the line with Aubameyang

Arsenal supporters don’t need reminding just how good Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is, but he proved his importance again in the Community Shield and showed how vital he is to the Gunners’ continued success.

A first-half goal put the north Londoners into the lead against Liverpool, and though Arsenal were pegged back late on, it was left to the Gabonese to fire home the match-winning penalty and hand Mikel Arteta his second trophy as manager.

In his post-match interview, the Spaniard admitted that a deal to extend Aubameyang’s contract was close, which will surely be music to the ears of the Gunners’ faithful.

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Cristiano Ronaldo commits to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has committed his future to Juventus, stating that his ‘pirit and ambition are as high as ever’ as he prepares for his third season in Turin.

The Portuguese star was the subject of reports linking him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with one French news outlet suggesting he was no longer happy with Juve.

Despite the rumours, recent reports in the Italian press state that Ronaldo is considered one of the ‘untouchable’ players for new coach Andrea Pirlo and that the team would be built around him.

In an Instagram post, CR7 confirmed his commitment to the club, insisting that he wants to work with the club to ‘conquer Italy, Europe and the World!’

As I’m getting ready for my third season as a bianconero, my spirit and ambition are as high as ever. Goals. Victories. Commitment. Dedication. Professionalism. With all my strength and with the precious

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Could this be the reason for Nemanja Matic's retirement from international duty?

Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic has announced his retirement from international duty.

The 32-year-old has made 48 appearances for Serbia, scoring two goals.

It is unfortunate timing for his national side, who are due to meet Norway in the Euro 2021 play-off semi-final in October.

The Serbian FA sports director Vladimir Matijasevic told Sky Sports: ‘Other than saying it was time for younger players to take over, Matic did not state any other specific reasons for quitting.

‘We respect his decision. He is 32 years old and he’s had an exerting club season. European club football is demanding and hence we are aware that we’ll have to inject fresh blood into the national team.’

Matic recently signed a new three-year contract at Old Trafford, which raised eyebrows due to his age.

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“There’s a long way to go until October” – Klopp coy over Liverpool transfers

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out potential additional signings, after the Reds nicked Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

Speaking to the press ahead of the Community Shield showdown with Arsenal this weekend, the boss said there’s loads of time left.

Quoted by The Athletic’s James Pearce, Klopp said: “There’s a long way to go until October,” when asked about transfers. Full quote below:

Call us optimists, but that line from the manager sounds a lot different than if he’d said ‘we’re in for a quiet summer’ – perhaps something is on the horizon?

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‘I can only do that with you’ – Messi spells out why Man City move is crucial

The notion that Lionel Messi might stay at Barcelona is getting more and more unlikely, and quotes recently attributed to him might go some way to explaining why he apparently wants a move to Manchester City.

The Argentinian looked completely drained at the end of Barca’s horrific 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Though the Catalans had lost disappointingly in European football’s premier competition against both Roma and Liverpool, Messi’s body language against Bayern was different and suggested he’d had enough.

With the team around him unable to muster up decent performances on a weekly basis, and deals being done such as the Arthur Melo/Miralem Pjanic swap which made no sense other then financial, the chances of silverware both on a personal and club level were getting slimmer.

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